Caroline Chalk, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Caroline Chalk

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Caroline Chalk, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Caroline Chalk

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My Approach

What do you want from life? Probably things like - Good health; happy, fulfilling relationships and family life; rewarding work you enjoy that earns you a good living; engaging in meaningful and fun activities.
Most people come to counselling when one or more of these areas in life aren't working as well as they'd like them to. Through talking about the things that matter to you and sharing things that trouble you you'll come to see what actions you can to take to make positive changes and develop self confidence.
In addition to talking things through you'll also learn techniques to steady your thoughts and emotions which in turn will lead to a more relaxed and balanced body. You'll be able to reduce stress, manage anxiety and cultivate a calm, yet strong personality. From this state you'll be in a better position to make informed choices, have less stressful interactions with people and take wiser action in your life. Some people call my approach Embodied Mindfulness.
I offer both short-term focused counselling or more in-depth, on-going counselling support.
You can call or email me to set up an initial session; This gives you the opportunity to meet me and to talk about what you want to get out of counselling. If you're happy to continue we'll set up a second session, and arrange to meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

My Experience: I've been practicing for over 30 yrs and work with a very wide range of issues. In addition to my therapeutic training I'm also a fully qualified body therapist having qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1984. I've worked with people from many backgrounds including Youth at Risk UK, WYSE Project, Anchor Homes for the elderly, Royal College of Art, Richmond and Hartfield Community Colleges and horse riders helping to improve confidence to name a few. As a result I have many skills to draw on to help you in the best possible way.

About Me

My fascination with how human beings can positively affect the quality of their lives began when I started lessons in The Alexander Technique at age 11. In my early twenties I trained as a Psychotherapist, qualifying in 1990 and more recently completed a training as an EMDR Therapist.
I have extensive experience of working with people of many ages and backgrounds; with individuals, in couples and groups in both the private and public sectors.
I also design and facilitate courses and workshops.

For recreation I spend a lot of time in the outdoors with my dog and friends, exploring the coastal paths of the UK and the lochs and mountains of Scotland, where I was brought up.

Connecting with the elemental nature of life in all its rich diversity reminds me how interconnected we all are with this magnificent planet of ours.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have my own personal experiences of bereavement along with many years of 'walking alongside' clients as they come to terms with losses in their lives. We can feel like we'll never recover from some losses and the road seems steep and long. Time does heal to some extent but understanding and caring for oneself helps the process enormously.
This is such a debilitating experience and so many people experience depressing at some point in their lives. That dark cloud of depression that seems to descend upon us.... It can be so hard to raise our head above this cloud and the despair that often accompanies this experience makes it all the harder. Understanding what is depressing us and learning techniques to find our way out enables us to do just that. Often there is a 'nugget of gold' hidden in there too....
I am also a trained EMDR therapist. This therapy involves the use of eye movement or tapping to process trauma and reconfigure negative beliefs and low self-esteem. It is extremely effective for alleviating the distress of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a wide range of other mental health conditions.
It may not seem obvious that spirituality and therapy go hand in hand but all effective therapy helps us heal and understand difficulties by addressing all levels of our experience. For many people this includes how to find spiritual nourishment and support during challenging times.
Clinical supervision is a requirement for many professionals. It forms part of continuing professional development (CPD) and ensures high standards of practice are maintained. Working in private practice can sometimes feel like working in a vacuum. We don’t get much feedback, making it hard to measure our skill level. However experienced we may be, we all have blind-spots and times when we’re presented with a new or complex situation in our work, which is also what makes the work engaging and worthwhile. The supervision setting provides the opportunity to explore new ways of working and to receive encouragement and support in what you are already doing well.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Anxiety

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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